20:01 Nov. 10, 2016
A statue of Kyivan Rus princess Anna Yaroslavna, the wife of French king Henry I, is unveiled in Kyiv center
A monument to Anna Yaroslavna has been revealed on Lviv square in the Ukrainian capital. The sculptors are Kostyantyn Skretutsky and Fedir Balandin. French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabel Dumon, as well as ambassadors of Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Norway, Georgia, were present at the event.
Anna Yaroslavna was the daughter of Grand Kyivan prince Yaroslav the Wise and his second wife Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden. She was smart and well-educated.In 1048, the princess left Kyivan Rus forever and went to France, where she married the French king Henri I.
In France, she was called Agnes. Queen Anna could ride a horse, was knowledgeable in politics, and actively participated in governing France.Besides, she was a member of the royal council.
Anna Yaroslavna is often called a grand-grandmother of 30 European kings. All subsequent French kings were her progeny.